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Old May 1, '11, 4:30 pm
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If you have your wedding bands touch a second class relic, would they be considered third class relics? I know that they are not religious items per se, ie: a rosary, but they are blessed in a scaramental marriage. Thanks much.
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Old May 1, '11, 6:08 pm
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Doesn't have to be a religious item. The big medieval "take home relic" was ordinary handkerchiefs or strips of cloth. Touching a relic is a higher class of blessing than having something blessed by a priest. (Though obviously, you would still want a relic-touched rosary blessed by a priest, to be eligible for certain blessings from the church.)

So yes, the rings would now be third-class relics as well as blessed wedding rings.

Beyond that... blessed wedding rings are a sacramental by virtue of being blessed (especially if as part of the Sacrament of Matrimony). They are _definitely_ religious items now!

That said, make sure that you remember that they _aren't_ ordinary rings anymore. You can't just throw them away; they must be burned or buried. You can't sell them to anyone; you can only destroy them or give them away. You can certainly have them resized, cleaned, etc. without losing either their sacramental or relic qualities, however.
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Old May 16, '11, 10:44 am
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Since this subject is open, I have a medal that was given to me by a Sister at my Catholic church, it was placed on the tomb of John Paul II and blessed by Pope Benedict XVI. I have tried to read up on relics and classes, but I am still unsure as to what I have received. I understand that John Paul II is in the "Blessed" stage of his journey to "Sainthood", is this item I possess a 3rd class relic? or does John Paul II have to be a Saint for this title to be accomplished? Any further knowledge on this subject would be helpful, and anyone who reads I thank you for your time. God bless.
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Old May 16, '11, 10:46 am
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Since this subject is open, I have a medal that was given to me by a Sister at my Catholic church, it was placed on the tomb of John Paul II and blessed by Pope Benedict XVI. I have tried to read up on relics and classes, but I am still unsure as to what I have received. I understand that John Paul II is in the "Blessed" stage of his journey to "Sainthood", is this item I possess a 3rd class relic? or does John Paul II have to be a Saint for this title to be accomplished? Any further knowledge on this subject would be helpful, and anyone who reads I thank you for your time. God bless.
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Can it be retroactive?
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Old May 16, '11, 12:48 pm
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Can it be retroactive?
even though I think it's assured he will be a saint, it doesn't happen until he is officially a saint.
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Old May 16, '11, 12:58 pm
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Thank you for clarification. I appreciate your time.
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Old May 16, '11, 3:43 pm
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Good discussion
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Old May 16, '11, 3:52 pm
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So lets say you touch a bit of cloth to a reliquary containing the relics of the tweleve apostles?

Does the cloth now become a third class relic of all 12?
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So lets say you touch a bit of cloth to a reliquary containing the relics of the tweleve apostles?

Does the cloth now become a third class relic of all 12?
Interesting thought. I know of a priest who has in his care dozens of relics. I too am interested on how this would work.
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Old May 17, '11, 7:45 am
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So lets say you touch a bit of cloth to a reliquary containing the relics of the tweleve apostles?

Does the cloth now become a third class relic of all 12?

You become a 3rd class relic too
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I have a rosary that has been blessed by Blessed John Paul II. When he officially becomes a saint, does this rosary become a third class relic?
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Old Aug 8, '11, 10:23 pm
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If you have your wedding bands touch a second class relic, would they be considered third class relics? I know that they are not religious items per se, ie: a rosary, but they are blessed in a scaramental marriage. Thanks much.
No. A third class relic is an item which has touched a first class relic and not a second class relic.
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